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The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Is Accepting Applications for 2023

CFF_Orange logo text onlyCome Play With Us! The Cincinnati Fringe Festival Is Accepting Applications for 2023

The Know Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that the application period for the Twentieth Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival is now open and will run until December 12. The Cincinnati Fringe Festival will run June 2-17, 2023.

What is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival?
A 14-day celebration of theatre, art, music, film, dance, and everything between — it’s Cincinnati’s Summer Theatre Party! Now in its 20th year, Cincy Fringe (as it’s succinctly known) presents over 200 performances of 40+ theatre productions each May and June, plus art galleries, screenings, concerts, workshops, classes, and nightly after hours events.

To facilitate greater equity amongst our applicant pool, this year we are offering a sliding-scale application fee. Applicants are invited to pay what they are able, with a suggested fee for each programming category; some categories are free to apply.

Further details on materials required to apply can be found in the Application FAQ on the Cincy Fringe website. 

The application form will be available at our website, www.cincyfringe.com.

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.

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Fringe Encores This Weekend at Falcon Theatre

CFF22_Sally Salem logoTwo shows at Fringe had to close most or all of their runs due to cast illness. We were all pretty disappointed about it.

But great news! Due to our partnership with Falcon Theatre, these two shows are getting special Falcon-Fringe encore performances this weekend.

We hope you’ll make it to the Falcon this weekend to catch up on Fringe you may have missed, and to support Fringe artists in this challenging time.

Friday, June 24, at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
SALLY SALEM AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA from Zoë Peterson out of Cincinnati, OH.

Sally Salem and the Spooktacular Birthday Extravaganza has Sally and her friends trying to throw a party for her niece and nephew, despite the protests of her conservative sister. They’ll meet ghosts, demons, and the devil himself! An interactive comedy, this play is wrought with themes of love, friendship…and necromancy.

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CF22_Charlotte Van Helsing logoSaturday, June 25, at 1:00 PM
CHAROLTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW, AND (POSSIBLY) HER OWN FATHER from Emily Borst out of Cincinnati, OH.

Managing family secrets and family expectations, Charlotte Van Helsing sets off to find herself by finding others like her. But when strange things start happening all around her, Charlotte realizes growing up might be a little more than she’d bargained for.

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2022 Picks of the Cincy Fringe Awards Announced

CFF2022 logoIf you couldn’t join us for our triumphant celebration at the end of the Festival on Saturday Night, here are your 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Picks of the Fringe!

  • Spirit of the Fringe Award: CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN from Boris Dansbury
  • Pick of the Digital Fringe: THE DEFINITION ASSOCIATION from Maatology Productions
  • Critic’s Pick of the Fringe: WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors from Gregory & McWethy
  • The Linda Bowen All Access Pick of the Fringe: THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES from Martin Dockery
  • The David C. Herriman Artists Pick of the Fringe: ROSEGOLD from Donna Kay Yarborough
  • The Audience Pick of the Fringe: TEXAS ANNIE: Legend of the Moan Ranger from Jennifer Howd and Maggie Perrino
  • The Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer’s Pick of the Fringe: HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF from Your Silent Partner.

A big congratulations to our award winners this year, and all the trailblazing artists who were part of the 2022 Festival. We are so grateful to be a place where your creativity, ingenuity, and joy could shine!

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Performance Options for June 14-17 at Cincy Fringe

CFF2022 logoNew Fringers can be a bit intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices available on the Fringe Show Schedule.

This year performances are scheduled so that you have at least 15 minutes to travel between venues within the Art Academy and Know Theatre.

Below I have broken down your options in each time block. You can choose one show in each block.

For a complete list of performance information, visit my Fringe page or the Cincy Fringe website.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14

CFF22_messes logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • BE MY THIEF
  • FATHER, DAUGHTER AND HOLY TOAST
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • ROSEGOLD

WEDNSDAY, JUNE 15

CFF22_Sexy Sexy Mattress Time logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • SEXY SEXY MATRESSS TIME
  • BE MY THIEF
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • JINKIES!
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

Block 2 (8:30PM, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • DESTINY U.S.A.
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

CFF22_I Confess logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • I CONFESS
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • ROSEGOLD
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • trueFRINGE
  • BE MY THIEF
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • JINKIES!
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

CFF22_Wuthering logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • BE MY THIEF
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

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Performance Options for June 11 & 12 at Cincy Fringe

CFF2022 logoNew Fringers can be a bit intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices available on the Fringe Show Schedule.

This year performances are scheduled so that you have at least 15 minutes to travel between venues within the Art Academy and Know Theatre.

Below I have broken down your options in each time block. You can choose one show in each block.

For a complete list of performance information, visit my Fringe page or the Cincy Fringe website.

CF22_Father Daughter Holy Toast logoSATURDAY JUNE 11

Block I (2pm start time)

  • FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST

Block 2 (3:15, 3:30pm or 3:45pm start times)

  • meSSeS
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

Block 3 (5pm, 5:15pm or 5:30pm start times)

  • WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • ROSEGOLD
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

Block 4 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • SEXY SEXY MATTRESS TIME
  • A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  • HEDY! The Live & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL
  • LAETRES WORD

Block 5 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • AN EVENING WITH KEVIN THORNTON
  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • JINKIES!
  • SOFT
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

Block I (2pm start time)

  • JINKIES!

Block 2 (3:15PM, 3:30pm or 3:45pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

Block 3 (5pm, 5:15pm or 5:30pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  • DESTINY U.S.A.
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL
  • LAETRES WORD

Block 4 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • AN EVENING WITH KEVIN THORNTON
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

Block 5 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • SILVER HAMMER
  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • ROSEGOLD
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

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